Clerk Asks SCOTUS For Permission To Keep Denying Gay Marriage Licenses


The Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June now is asking the Court to intervene in her case.

Rowan County Chief Clerk Kim Davis’ lawyers filed an emergency appeal late Friday asking the Court to grant “asylum for her conscience” and allow her to continue to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, according to The Associated Press.

Davis, an avowed Christian, has a religious objection to issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined Davis’ request for a stay of a district judge’s earlier ruling that ordered her to issue same-sex marriage licenses. But Davis’ office refused to issue a marriage license to another gay couple on Thursday morning.

The AP noted that Davis, who pulls in an $80,000 salary as chief clerk, can’t be fired from that post because she is an elected official.

Rowan closed her office Saturday ahead of a planned protest of her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

This post has been updated.


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